Max Knigge

Netherlands, January 1, 1984


"For me, good music is adventurous, exciting and rich in sound. I try to create a unique sound for each ensemble, and I enjoy working closely with the performers. A nice incidental circumstance is that the character of the musician determines an important part of the composition process: it is very inspiring to work with enthusiastic musicians!

Music is meant to be shared, a social phenomenon. A concert - in whatever form - is communication and an experience. The audience is part of the moment and ensures that the result is more than the sum of its parts. Music inspires, it invites reflection, it carries you along, it emotes or it is simply nice to listen to. A lively music culture is of great importance in society. A shared experience connects."


Max Knigge (1984) started playing the violin at the age of eight, and switched to viola at seventeen. Max studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. As an instrumentalist Max plays with orchestras and ensembles in the Netherlands, with focus on contemporary repertoire.

Besides viola, Max studied composing with Daan Manneke, Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx in Amsterdam. His style is adventurous and based on resonance. If possible, he tries to create for each ensemble its own sound, in a narrow collaboration with the musicians.

His compositions are performed by a.o. Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Nobuko Imai, Ensemble Ludwig, Amstel Quartet, Dudok Quartet, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Duo Hochscheid-Van Ruth. In 2006 Max won the first prize in the Ricciotti Arrangers Competition, in September 2007 Max was awarded the second prize of the NOG Young Composers Concours for his orchestral work Nazomer,

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